For those of you Colchoneros still alive to read this, let’s revisit Atlético’s agonising 1-1 tie versus Málaga. How close were Diego Simeone’s men from achieving eternal glory on Sunday? A Willy Caballero fingernail close.
Score, and hang on for dear life! This has apparently been Atlético’s game plan in their last three home games, all of which they have won by the same 1-0 margin. After getting off to a great start against Villarreal on Saturday, opening up the scoring within the first 15 minutes of action, los Rojiblancos spent most of their time warding off the Yellow Submarine.
15 home games into the present La Liga campaign, and Atlético remain unvanquished at the Vicente Calderón. Espanyol, the latest visitors to ‘Cholo Castle’, certainly put up a fight, but los Rojiblancos were able to gut out the result for their third straight triumph in all competitions.
Atlético pounded Getafe into submission on Saturday with a performance that bordered on downright cruelty. The 7-0 annihilation was the worst loss in los Azulones‘ history. The scoreboard also happened to mirror Atleti’s record at ‘Cholo Castle’ this season, with Simeone’s men picking up their seventh home win on the trot.
AtléticoFans writer Ricardo Menéndez, on behalf of our affiliated This is Atleti podcast, spoke to Atlético defender Toby Alderweireld following our thumping win against Getafe on Saturday. “I’m very happy for the team, we played very well,” said Alderweireld, who finally made his Calderón debut.
It was always going to be a tall order to come out of the Madrigal with the three points on Sunday. Without several key starters and visiting one of the league’s top clubs, Atlético were lucky to even come away with anything at all against a very strong Villarreal side. Given the circumstances and the opponent, a 1-1 draw is by no means a huge disappointment.
Atlético hit the road again to face fourth in La Liga Villarreal, back from relegation just one year later and looking as lean and mean as in the old days when they gained the ‘Yellow Submarine’ nickname.
Relax. It was bound to happen. At least, that’s likely what many members of the Rojiblanco faithful kept telling themselves when their beloved Atlético’s bid for a perfect season in La Liga (and a chance to take sole possession of first place) was spoiled by Espanyol on Saturday. Just because it was inevitable didn’t mean it hurt any less for some of us though.
On the final day of the transfer window Atlético Madrid announced the signings of Toby Alderweireld and Josuha Guilavogui. The Belgian arrived in Madrid on Sunday to undergo a medical, while Guilavogui went through the procedures a day later. Atleti waited until Monday to officially announce the duo, who will be presented once they return
Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld arrived at Barajas airport on Saturday morning, as little seems to be in the way of completing a transfer to Atlético Madrid. Our good friend Dani Hidalgo reports that the 24-year-old arrived with his father and two agents, and were welcomed by a representative of the club. Alderweireld is expected to